Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Out of all the major domestic wireless carriers, it’s blatantly obvious that T-Mobile has been the most proactive one when it comes to selling Nokia devices, which is evident with past devices like the Nokia Nuron and Astound. Reinventing themselves, Nokia has a lot to overcome if they intend on being a major player in the US once again, but with Microsoft’s blessings, they seem poised to make a comeback. With that in mind, the Finnish company embarks on a new venture with its upcoming Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile, which is priced competitively at $49.99 on-contract, but the question that remains unanswered is whether or not it’ll be a standout hit to garner some buzz.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information


When you’re deemed as a launch pad device to jumpstart a new beginning, one would only expect to see something remarkably piercing to the soul. Unfortunately, we’re a bit underwhelmed as a whole with the design of the Nokia Lumia 710 because of its oh-so predictable appearance.

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Accidental presses are pretty much non-existent with the Nokia Lumia 710, thankfully, because it employs physical Windows buttons as opposed to capacitive ones. Physical buttons are abundant with this one, but with its volume rocker, shutter key, and power button, they’re notoriously difficult to feel out – not to mention lacking a decent response too! Strangely, for something that’s a part of the second wave of Windows Phones, its omission of a front-facing camera is puzzling.


With the Lumia 710’s 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) Clear Black display, it’s decent to say the least among other things, but it’s not totally mesmerizing. Of course, details are more than sufficient for its screen size and resolution, while its rich color production is especially tantalizing to the eyes. However, its overall allure is diminished by its weak brightness output and poor viewing angles, which ultimately washes things out and makes it rather difficult to view under the presence of the sun.

Nokia Lumia 710 360-degrees View:



51. isravg94

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

hey men, please help me! I don´t not which one to buy: Lumia 710, Xperia Miro or Xperia j Please what I should buy?

50. rajanbuddhdev

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

i had lumia 710....most stupid phone.....lacking so many features.....sufferddd a lot after buying it.

49. Zerogates

Posts: 2; Member since: May 29, 2012

does this have more access to apps and games than the samsung omnia w???

48. mobitily1

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Nokia's build quality is normally very nice. Android Application Development Mobile Application Development Mobile WebsiteDevelopment

46. chewtoy

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Any idea when tethering will be available? I enjoy this phone but I need tethering.

44. thee91

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

does nokia lumia 710 really uses the pentile matrix display?

43. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Ok so I need to really think before I post (re my previous posts saying the radar was better). I didnt get enough hands on with this at CES. So I went to the store & exchanged. And the unit you actually get is better then the demo units running in stores too! Besides the lack of Front facing camera I think the Lumia 710 IS better overall then the Radar now. :) They are still both really similiar but the faster processor and Nokia drive app plus i like the Lumia design are enough in my opinion to make it better. I was thinking the radars camera was better (they both have slightly diff settings) Now I have to give it to the 710. But you cant go wrong really with either one if you want a good wp & your on Tmobile. But I would reccomend the 710.

42. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Another dumb review where they just skip right over the exclusive ESPN app. Oh yeah, there's that app that no one else has. Let's not show how it works....(sarcasm) I would've least liked to know if the video actually works even though I wouldn't get this phone if it was free. Sheesh! People these

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I've finally gotten my paws on the 710 and fiddled around with it. How the heck did this little budget phone get a 7???? For the budget class smartphones, id give it like a 9 or so. Its frikkin quick, buttery smooth, is the first WP7 phone with good navigation, decent camera, solid build quality/feel for the price range, and i have no idea why people are complaining about the screen. Yea sure, its not Amoled or IPS, but it doesnt look bad at all. Definately not as bad as say the samsung dart's screen. For $50 bux or less, it puts it in firing range with low end android sets like the HTC wildfire (piece of junk), the iphone 3gs which is quite lacking in everything but apps compared to the 710, a blackberry curve, and other low end smartphones phones. for a $0-50 price tag for a brand new piece of equipment (not some 3 year old bargain bin iphone with a horrible screen) with a 1.4ghz processor,great nokia GPS features, and a 5mpx camera, its worth more than its price tag suggests. How did that score a 7 again exactly?

37. phunkinc

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

So, just got this phone tonight as part of my Champion program in the store. Will post up a review somewhere tomorrow. I'm digging it so far.

36. akmaintu

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Guys am using this fone for the past one week,and it is just awesome am completely satisfied.

35. santtroo94

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

the expected class of lumia series is not yet matched......

32. NancySteopher

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 07, 2012

Nokia is selling Lumia 710 in the United States for just $50, isnt this amazing!! well i feel Nokia Lumia 710 is just a small brother of Lumia 800..amazing smartphone which has potential sort out requirements.

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'm sorry, but only 7 stars? You all need to revamp your rating system. This is a mid-level smartphone. It's designed for those that need smartphone features (web, e-mail, etc) but without all the gee-whiz features of super-phones like the Galaxy S2 or LG Nitro, and is priced accordingly. Given that criteria, and based on your review, this deserves an 8 or 9, since it doesn't need a front camera (would have raised price) and the design, while not groundbreaking, is at least not unpleasant and allows for user customization from the manufacturer, something which other phones only allow for by buying a different case or a different colored model (white GS2 or iPhone, anyone?), and something I've missed since the older Nokias of the early 2000's (interchangeable front and rear covers, yeah!!) That being said, I think PA should introduce a new rating system, with tiers for class of phone: basic phones (sliders/candybars/flip); quick-messaging/feature (Nokia Nuron, Samsung Flight2, etc), basic/low smartphones (Pantech Crossover, LG Optimus/Phoenix); mid-level smartphones (Nokia Lumia 710/800 & most WP7, iphone4, Samsung Infuse); high-level (Motorola Atrix2, iPhone4S, HTC Sensation 4G, Galaxy Nexus, upcoming Nokia 900); and super (Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, LG Nitro HD, HTC Amaze). That way, although the Lumia 710 may only be 70% capable as a GS2 (not saying it is, just speculatively), it's 90-95% capable in its own class, thus earning it a more accurate rating for how good a phone it does in its own bracket. You might as well be comparing a college sports team with a professional one

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

clear, concise, well thought.. and with an excellent point. Good job. :)

28. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Bulls eye!

30. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

You are not the first to request that, -box-. But you presented the argument for it extremely well. Thanks, and +1!!

45. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Agreed. It's akin to giving a Honda Prius 7 stars for not having a built-in concierge service and not being able to do 0-60mph in less than 5.5 seconds. Given the price point, it's hard to find something even close to this phone.

18. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i got a question... the battery life of the omnia 7 (first gen processor+1500mah) is better thn the 710 battery life (second gen processor+1300mah) ?

13. tsets

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Ehhhhhh is it just me or is there a little mistake about the video playback?Because i don't remember it being Full Hd capable!

12. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

i like this phone, descent for what it has been manufactured.

10. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Now, who the hell is going to choose this over the HTC Radar??? The design looks absolutely horrible

11. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i got the white with cyan cover + cyan Purity HD headset for only 350 euros off contract.... super deal huh?!

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if i had to chose one over the other, id chose the nokia over the HTC 1) nokia's navigation is the best navigation availible on WP7 right now... and its free, works in offline, ect ect ect. 2) i sell the darn things and i still see very little use out of video calling so its not important to me. 3) 1.4ghz processor > 1 ghz 4) They are both "entry level" devices so why pay $50 more for the HTC brand name and a slightly nicer design when the Nokia actually gives you more for less? 5) nokia only apps. It can do everything the HTC can do and yet more.

15. phunkinc

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

I sell for TMo too. I am a huge HTC fan (well before their monotony recently) and I am getting the 710. I will post my opinion on it as it is being given to me. I love Nokia as well and there are some huge selling points of that over the Radar.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i was offered to champion it, but turned it down as i need my wifi tethering too much for school. Won the HD7 before as well which was pretty nice. Let us know how u like it after putting it through its paces.

17. phunkinc

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Yea I'm championing it. Will do. Where are you located, always nice to see another TMo employee :)

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

In Jax, FL, you?

29. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Did not know you were in Jacksonville, remixfa. I grew up in F-L-A, raised in Fort Myers and lived in Tampa for a few years. LOVE Jax. Had some friends that lived in Orange Park, and spent a ton of time there. Good memories. While in your T-Mo store, give the Nokia a good once over. Very interested in the overall performance. Nokia hardware is supposed to be top notch. Very interested in your opinion.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

nokia's build quality is normally very nice. we have the 710's in stock.. have had them for a while.. but we dont have a demo device to play with. dont worry, im not one to hold my opinion back. :)
Lumia 710
  • Display 3.7 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB,
  • Battery 1300 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

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